I've had my GW-9200 Riseman exactly two weeks now, and as it's my very first G-Shock I thought I would share my first impressions. It's more a way for me to collate my thoughts, and whilst I don't expect I wll tell anyone anything they don't already know, I will be interested to hear your thoughts on my thoughts!
- As this is my very first G I was a bit apprehensive about it's size, it's not that I dislike big watches, more that I have no experience of them. But first impressions when I opened the box were very positive, it is big enough to look tough and chunky, but not so big as to be obstructive with clothing etc. I was very impressed with the general feel and weight of the watch.
- I really like the MBJ version too, but thats not to detract from the look of this watch. I like the contrast of red and black with the silver fittings.
- The strap is very comfortable for me. I like the adjustability of a resin band as I can tighten/loosen it as required, and I love the double clasp.
- I love the Auto EL, very clever and equally useful. I do however wish I could adjust to stay on for 5 seconds as per some others, as 2 seconds is a bit short sometimes.
- It's very easy to use, the buttons feel solid and are easy to press, and their functions are very intuitive. Setting of alarms, countdown timers are very straightforward.
- The altimeter has so far proved very accurate. I set the reference altitiude every day (at least once!) and have not yet tired of cross referencing my destinations with Google Earth
- In two weeks (of admittedly sunny weather) even with lots of fiddling the battery has never moved from High.
- The time is not visible in the altimeter function! Very frustrating!
- In temp/pressure mode it returns to time mode after a period of time (3 mins?) Why? I would far rather have temp/pressure as a secondary reading than day and date personally!
- Five alarms are all very well, but one that was loud enough to actually wake me would be preferable! Reading on here this seems to be a common Casio problem ....
- The barometer Admittedly it's early days, and I do live near the coast in the Uk which has a maritime climate, but it's up and down all the time! The below picture is not the best, but the Red Eye graph is up and down so much it's impossible to take a meaningful reading from it. How do others find it?
- On the subject of the barometer, is it accurate? I haven't dare change it, but compare it daily to readings from a weather station online about 20 miles away, and they are significantly higher (10 -20 hPa sometimes). I'm still monitoring this.
Well thanks for taking the time to read this Overall i am very pleased with the watch, and am sure it will be first of many! Much as I would love an MBJ I can't justify having one so similar when there are so many different models to choose from.
Let me know your comments, good and bad please
There's a few gratuitous pics below. I'm enjoying playing about with my basic Coolpix 2.3mp camera taking these shots, I just grabbed these quickly tonight, natural light would have been better, but hey ho! Enjoy :thanks